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Network of University Radio Stations promoting the Earth Charter

The Association of University Radio Stations of Spain, the University Radio Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RRULAC) and the University of Extremadura organized the IV Meeting RRULAC IB: “University Radio in Progress: Towards the Conformation of a Media Agenda” with the participation of university radio representatives from more than a dozen countries of the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe (Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, the United States, Portugal, Italy and Spain). The Meeting took place from 24 to 27 October 2018, in Madrid and Cáceres.

Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza offered the inaugural speech of the Meeting, where he spoke about “The era of knowledge“. Throughout his speech, he mentioned the importance of university radio stations in the current context, from the point of view of proposing themes and denouncing the situation that we live in our days. In this regard, he stressed the importance of the “Earth Charter” as a working document for university stations.

During the Meeting, the RIU (International University Radio Stations, Network of Networks) endorsed the Earth Charter and invited all its networks and broadcasters to subscribe and use it individually. Institutionally, RIU is committed to working on the dissemination of the Earth Charter among its radio stations and associated networks, as well as among the citizens through specific actions of radio and transmedia communication, using the 16 principles of the Charter.

As a follow up, RIU is planning to sign an Agreement with the University Institute for Human Rights, Democracy and Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (DEMOSPAZ), of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Ramón Areces Foundation. The Agreement will seek to generate an action plan, which among other actions, will aim at developing radion programmes on this and the dissemination of the Earth Charter among the 300 media and university platforms that are part of this international network of radios.

 

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The Federico Mayor Zaragoza Prize for short films will focus on the Earth Charter

Premio Federico Mayor ZaragozaThe XII edition of the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Prize for the 2018-2019 period will focus on the creation of short films that relate to the Earth Charter.

Objectives:

– To promote awareness of the Earth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.
– To promote experiences that favor knowledge and dissemination of the Ebro Biosphere Reserve.
– Sensitize towards the environmental problems that threaten our planet.
– Encourage commitment and transformative actions to protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems.
– To promote collaborative actions that generate a constructive change to achieve more diverse and sustainable ways of life.
– To introduce experiences of schools, institutes and entities that contribute to build a more sustainable world.
– To promote initiatives to protect and improve the environment.

The award is 5,000 euros that will be distributed among the winners of each category.

The period to present the short films is from 5 November 2018 to 3 February 2019.

To participate, you must fill out the registration form found on this page: www.unescotortosa.cat and send it to info@unescotortosa.cat

The award ceremony will take place in Tortosa on Saturday 16 March 2019.

All the information of this Prize can be found in this document.

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Experiences at the University of Granada, Spain

Article by: Alicia Jimenez, staff member of ECI Secretariat

Universidad de GranadaThe University of Granada is a recognized institution of higher education, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V. With 60,000 students, it is the fourth largest university in Spain. At the Faculty of Education, a research group of academics have been for 10 years using the Earth Charter as an instrument to seek transformative educational experiences, in undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral courses. Also, several of these professors have been writing articles in scientific journals of education where they give an account of their experiences and reflections on how to use the Earth Charter. Currently, this research group is called: “Emerging Values, Social Education and Educational Policies.”
As a requisite for my doctoral studies I had to undertake an internship at a university outside of Costa Rica. I chose the University of Granada, because I was interested in knowing more about the pedagogical approaches that professors there have been using, and, to get to know more the students and the specific context in this institution. During my visit at this University in October 2018, I had the opportunity to meet and have conversations with professors of this research group, and carry out the following activities:

October 10: Workshop with graduate students of education. This was a workshop that I organized with Prof. Miguel Martínez, with a duration of 4 hours, in which 30 students participated. Many of these students did not know the Earth Charter, so it was important to introduce it, because later on in their courses, they will be able to delve into some aspects of it. We discussed in depth some educational experiences that have used the Earth Charter, which I presented on video, and had the opportunity to identify educational objectives that the Charter could help to achieve.

October 15: Presentation of the Earth Charter to 80 undergraduate students of education (including students of social education and pre service teachers). The average age of this group was around 20 years, I liked that they showed so much interest asking many questions, especially around why the Earth Charter has not been widely adopted by most governments. Students concluded themselves that it is civil society that has to mobilize to look for the transformations that we want to see in our societies.

October 22: Professor José Conde organized a meeting with Sioux Chief Lee Plenty Wolf, in collaboration with an NGO called Mujeres Caminando la Paz.  The purpose was to talk about water and environmental protection from a perspective of indigenous people spirituality. This meeting followed, on a smaller scale, an International Meeting organized by this group of academics from the Faculty of Education in 2011, called “Earth Charter and Education”. In this one, the Chief Ed McGaa Eagle Man shared about Native American spirituality to live in harmony with Mother Earth. The activity of 22 October had a duration of 2 hours, and I had the opportunity to present the Earth Charter.
One aspect that was revealing for me in this visit to the University of Granada is knowing that the Earth Charter has been an important tool that have allowed scholars of this institution to integrate aspects of ethics and spirituality in their classes and professional practice, something that is not easy to do in formal academic environments.


I also had the opportunity to learn more about Grian Cutanda, writer, storyteller, among many other activities he does, and who is currently organizing the Avalon Project and a publication of great interest for the Earth Charter movement: Stories from the Earth, a compilation of legends and traditional stories whose morals Grian has connected with principles of the Earth Charter. Stories and legends generate cultural changes, the purpose is to promote those stories that help a new worldview to emerge, one that is more holistic and guided by an ethic that seeks justice, peace and sustainability.

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Pre-school version of the Earth Charter

Adaptacion-CT-Implicate-2018Implicate+ is a group of educators from Spain and an Earth Charter Affiliate.

They have created an adaptation of the Earth Charter for Pre-school children, available in Spanish and Catalan.

You can download this publication here.

In addition, they have compiled a series of experiences with the Earth Charter in different education settings.

These stories are available in Catalan only:

Pre-school

Primary school

High school

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Kids from Spain explain what the Earth Charter is

The Values Foundation, Affiliate of the Earth Charter International in Spain, has created a very special video, where three kids explain what the Earth Charter is in a fun and engaging way.

For this organization, the Earth Charter, is a document and a participatory process that continues to create a global civil network throughout the planet. Children are part of this global network, and they have been given the opportunity to give their message, through this video.

We appreciate if you share this video with your networks and friends, it can be an interesting tool to be used in the classroom.  The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.

 

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The Earth Charter featured in the 4th Forum of Solidary Schools of Lleida, Spain

On 18th November 2017, the 4th Forum of Solidary Schools took place in Lleida, Spain, with the participation of teachers who promote values, solidarity and the Earth Charter in their classrooms.

Seventy participants enjoyed the various presentations and activities, among them the presentation “Unesco Projects in Tortosa”, by Mrs. Montserrat Esteve, President of the Unesco Tortosa Friends Association, who spoke about Community Service. The following are some experiences that were showcased during this forum:

– Implícate+ (“Get+involved”) with modding and sustainability. Presenters: Raúl Vallés and 1SMX Lérida INS Caparrella students.

– Community Service. Bridge between Generations. “We connect if we know each other”. Presenters: Teaching team and ESO 3rd grade INS Josep Lladonosa students. Organization: Lleida Down Association.

– “Get+involved” to improve the environment.  Presenters: Pedro Pifarré, Josep Maria Freije and primary school 2nd grade students of the Maristas Montserrat of Lleida High School.

– Your APS . Authors: Joan Dalmau and ESO 4th grade students of Maristas Montserrat of Lleida High School.

– “Get+involved” rebuilding cultures, transforming identities. Presenters: Juan Cuenca and Montse Remacha of INS Guissona de Guissona.

– Community Service. INS Joan Oró of Lérida.

– “Get+involved” with Bob the frog.  How to awaken tolerance from a tale. Presenter: Mónica Berenguer of the Municipal Kindergarten Albarés of Lleida.

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 The Forum organized by Implícate + (“Get + involved”) ECI Affiliated organization, was chaired by Mrs. Montserrat Macià, Director of the Institute of Lleida Studies; Mr. Miguel Ángel Cullerés Director of Lleida Territorial Education Services; and Mr. Oscar Castro, President of Lleida Friends of Unesco Association. Other collaborators were the UNESCO Education Commission of Lleida, and the Coordinator of ONGD and other Solidary Movements.

All attendees received a cut-out of the IV Pillar of the Earth Charter, “Democracy, non-violence and peace” during the closing of the Forum.

There are 46 teachers of 40 different educational centers involved in the Implícate + project.  This project aims at bringing about changes in the traditional education paradigm, promoting transversal teaching that goes beyond the formal contents and procedures, towards an active teaching that aims to make the students co-responsible for their future as citizens with an ethical and social commitment to achieve a decent future for all.

This project starte in Lleida, and has received awards from the Impulso Foundation and  Federico Mayor Zaragoza. It currently collaborates with the Earth Charter Initiative and is open to anyone willing to get involved.

This video presents a summary of the Forum:

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course starting on 15 January 2018

As our 4th Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course of 2017 comes to a close we celebrate all of the 23915868_927563170731022_7764568065994030483_nwonderful comments, opinions, and experiences participants have been able to share with each other on our course platform.

This 10-week online training programme seeks to prepare youth with the skills and knowledge to be a sustainability leader and implement Earth Charter-inspired action projects in their community, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

This past course that ended on 20 November had participants from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. Participants implemented their workshops in their communities on various topics such as systems thinking, the Earth Charter and the SDGs, Sustainable Development, and much more.

Our next English online youth course will begin on 15 January- 26 March to ring in the new year with a deadline to apply by 2 January. For more information the course watch our video below and to apply please visit:

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course Ends! Find out dates for Courses in 2018!

Our third online youth course this year on Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics has ended with much energy and high participation!

This training programme is designed for young people, 18-35 years old, who aim to develop and expand their capacity as leaders in the creation of more just, sustainable, and peaceful societies. In  a way it contributes to the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD and with SDG 4.7

The programme invites participants to engage through an online platform, social media, and local actions to amplify their knowledge and skills in the critical areas of:

  • Leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Ecoliteracy
  • System Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Facilitation
  • The Earth Charter

This past English course started on 19 June and for 10 weeks participants engaged in the course content from their hometowns through the platform and their facebook group. During this course we had participants from Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, and the Netherlands. Just a few of the many workshops implemented to finish the program included; Sustainability Indicators in Banking in Nigeria, How to Apply Systems Thinking in our Day-to-Day lives, and Children and Sustainability in Cameroon.

Our final course for the year started on September 11- November 20 and will be facilitated in Spanish. The programme calls all youth leaders who speak Spanish to train themselves on becoming sustainability leaders in their communities and to strengthen their capacities in sustainability leadership. In this final training program for 2017 we have participants from Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay sharing their rich leadership experiences in each of their countries.

To apply for the next Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics course in English starting on January 15, 2018 please visit: http://earthcharter.org/events/leadership-sustainability-ethics-june-2017/

Deadline to apply is January 2, 2018.

For more information on the next course watch our video:

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Radio Programme in Spain broadcasts the Earth Charter

Zero Emission, the programme from Spain´s International radio, which is the only program in Spanish dedicated to sustainability, disseminates the Earth Charter in its regular transmissions. The director of the program, Ricardo Fraguas Poole, shares his experience in infusing the values and principles of the Earth Charter in its transmissions.

THE EARTH CHARTER AND JOHN LENNON´S ¨IMAGINE¨ FUSED ON ZERO EMISSION IN SPAIN´S INTERNATIONAL RADIO

By: Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Zero Emission

EMISIÓN CERO RADIO INTERNACIONAL DE ESPAÑADear friends of The Earth Charter,

It is with great emotion, pride, and satisfaction that we are able to share with all of you that the message of the Earth Charter is our daily Creed at ZERO EMISSION, Spain´s International Radio program dedicated to the diffuse and promotion of Sustainability.

We cannot find a better way to begin our program than to reaffirm ourselves in what is articulated in the preamble of the Charter.

“We are one human family, with a common destiny.” “We live moments of privilege, to be able to govern in the right way our present and our future”. “Respect and protect Earth and nature, Universal Human Rights, economic justice and the culture of Peace”.

I am continuously thrilled every day, over and over again, by publicly diffusing these words and ideas, which fill our existence with meaning.

This is something I do with the intention of helping us to remember and to assume the privilege of exercising the genuine and sincere act of generous responsibility, of caring for one another, and of preserving the natural environment that gives us life.

We infuse each program in ZERO EMISSION, which I invite you to please consider as yours, the feelings and the values of the Earth Charter, along with the poem and song of John Lennon, “Imagine¨; we confirm that yes, we are dreamers. We believe and we know that we can make a better world for more people. We are not alone in this task. We are moving along. That each day we become more and more, and that we are succeeding in this task.

I am also pleased to share with all of EQUIPO DE EMISIÓN CERO1you the celebration of our first year of live transmissions as the only programme in Spanish dedicated to the promotion and awareness raising of Sustainability.  Our audience comes from five continents; they tune in through devices connected to the Internet, in Podcast version, and through frequencies in the associated stations of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, and Spain.

On ZERO EMISSION we promote the decarbonization of industry and transport and support the actions and initiatives of the United Nations for sustainable development; as well as movements such as divestment, driven by our fellow media group The Guardian and Bill Mckibben.

You can find access and free downloading of all the programmes issued since October 2016 up to date in: http://www.radiointernacional.es/programas/emision-cero/

We hope and wish that all those who promote and use the Earth Charter can participate in our programme sharing your information and actions. As for us, we will continue to to the most we can with our informative work on Sustainability, in which we believe in and enjoy.

Congratulations on your work.

-Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Emission Zero.

 

 

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The Call: A children’s story on the origin of the Earth Charter document

La CridaThe group ImplicaT +, from Spain, presents a children’s story about the origin of the Earth Charter document, in a very illustrative and easy to understand way aimed for children and adults. The story was created in Spain in its original language, Catalan.

 “Danger warning! The causes and effects of pollution in our environment.”

With this call begins a series of events in all corners of the world: a group of dolphins illustrates the perseverance they had in order to extend the call, as mentioned by the mother dolphin, “when we are convinced of something, no one can stop us “. The call could not be stopped, and it did not stop, thousands of voices were heard, and in 1997, the drafting of the Earth Charter document began.

The Earth Charter was developed by politicians, government’s representatives, ecologists, and people from different cultures and social status, who were conscious of the importance of doing something and taking action to change our ways of life and to become more sustainable, with the aim to preserve the future of our planet. Since then, thousands of people, governments and NGO´s have endorsed the document, expressing their interest in a better world.

This storybook is available for download at: http://cartadelatierra.org/biblioteca-virtual2/la-llamada/

(Translations available in English, Spanish, French, and Italian)

 

 

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